Seven-thirty yesterday morning I was crossing Park Avenue from east to west as these two were crossing 30th Street from south to north. As we converged on the corner, the younger, taller one called out in a British accent, "getting any good pictures this morning?" Less than a full block out the door of the workshop center, I answered, "not yet." Then the older one said, "then take our picture," so I said, "sure." He continued, "this is my new friend, he's from England and we're best buddies now, but he's going home tomorrow." So we made a few shots. Following an idea I got from photographer Mike Peters, I gave them a card that has one of my email addresses and told them to send me an email and I'll reply with their picture attached. They looked delighted, and continued on their way up Park.
This memorial is on the sidewalk on South Main Street a few blocks from the center of town, against the cyclone fence of a tire dealer. It's common to see shrines like this at the site of car crashes on highways and country roads but I don't recall seeing one in the middle of a city before. All I could think of was that a car must have hopped the sidewalk and killed a child. A couple of online searches turned up the story, which sadly is just what I'd guessed, except worse.
Yesterday morning, walking along Church Street, the main commercial street in Naugatuck, I noticed a new business in an old storefront (used to be part of an old-fashioned print shop with actual presses on premises) with neat window displays and what looked like a lot more interesting stuff inside—Tooth and Nail Tattoo. The young woman who owns the place happened to arrive as I was taking a shot of the windows. I complemented her on the displays and she invited me inside to look. I think there will be more pictures to make here, but today I'm off to teach my weekend Digital Platinum printing workshop at the Penumbra Foundation in New York.
I've just finished making some changes to the galleries page at my website, including two new galleries with the platinum/palladium prints I've made during the past week. I've shown snaps of the wet prints in the clearing baths in several posts here, but these are carefully made copy shots of the finished Pt/Pd prints. There are also some new front-page examples for some of the older galleries.
It should be Spring by now, but there's just no sign of it. These were made Thursday at White Memorial Conservation Center. There was a touch of rain in the air, which often makes for wonderful luminous light.
Mostly I find that pictures in the New England woods work better in monochrome than they do in color. Even aside from my current experiments with making digital captures in these environments that are intended to end up, if successful, as platinum/palladium prints. But one of my favorite shooting conditions is "the edge of the rain" and this is the first picture I made walking into one of my frequently visited local park sites yesterday. I'd been intending to make pictures for mono, but immediately saw this as a color picture. I think it's the green moss. A whole picture of faded autumn leaves (it's supposed to be Spring here, with no evidence) never works in color but that green moss just snaps it all together. You can see we've had a lot of rain here recently.
Along the Shepaug at Steep Rock, Washington, Connecticut
That's a copy shot of a 7x11" platinum/palladium print made earlier this week from an original digital capture, by way of a digital internegative.
I've just learned that there are still a couple places available for my "Digital Platinum" workshop at Penumbra Foundation in New York, ten days from now, April 28-29. Follow the link for details. Take the workshop and you'll learn how to make prints like this yourself from digital captures or film scans.
The second half of the potential Burr Pond State Park folio. 9-inch Pt/Pd prints on 10x11 Hahnemühle Platinum Rag. Very late Autumn conditions with thin layers of ice on the pond, snow flurries in the air. Snaps show the prints in the clearing baths.
These are from a different Connecticut Park, Burr Pond, made late last fall. I wanted a smaller, more delicate presentation for these than the Steep Rock folio series, so they are sized 9-inches wide on 10x11 Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, Pt/Pd using a 10% traditional platinum mix.